McKinley Elementary Newsletter

December 2022/January 2023

IMPORTANT DATES

Dec 5 In Person Usborne Book Sale 2:20-4:00 Library

Dec 6 - PTC Meeting 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dec 7 - Rooms 3,4,5,6,7 Gingerbread Holiday Musical @ 6:30PM, McKinley Gym

Dec 9 - NO SCHOOL Grading Day

Dec 13 - Take Out Tuesday @ Five Guys 4:00 PM-9:00 PM

Dec 14 - 4th Grade Orchestra and Choir Concert @ 7 PM, McKinley Gym

Dec 19 - Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Jan 3, 2023 - First day back to school!

Jan 3 - NO PTC Meeting this month . See you Feb 7th

Jan 16 - NO SCHOOL, State Holiday

Feb 2 & 3 - NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher Conferences


Every Wednesday is a 1 hour late start at 8:50 AM - the other days 7:50 AM

Inclement Weather & 2 Hour Delays

The district is actively monitoring the weather and the forecast. If there are any weather-related impacts to school operations, staff and families will receive communication from the district.

If you have not already, please take the opportunity download the ParentSquare app and please be attentive to your email, text and phone during weather events. The district website will also be updated with current information.


IF A 2 HOUR DELAY IS CALLED MCKINLEY WILL START AT 9:50 AM. THIS IS FOR ALL SCHOOL DAYS MONDAY- FRIDAY.

A FEW BIG THANK YOUS TO MCKINLEY PTC!

1. A big THANK YOU to the PTC and volunteers for feeding our hungry staff during conferences. We appreciate your support!


2. The students LOVED the day with the inflatable obstacle course! Thanks to PTC and the many volunteers for providing this reward for the students hard work on the Fun Run.


3. Movie night was a BIG hit too! Thank you PTC and parent coordinators!

NEWS FROM THE PTC

Parent Teacher Community

PTC Monthly Meeting

PTC Meeting

Dec 6th @ 6:30 PM

Childcare provided 6:30 -7:45PM- Cafeteria

Parent Meeting - Library


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Principles report

Obstacle course report

OBOB

Take out Tuesday

movie night feedback

Book fair feedback

Take Out Tuesday - - Five Guys Burgers

Tuesday, December 13th

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2990 Commercial St SE

Come eat at Five Guys! You can also visit fiveguys.com or download the FiveGuys App to order and skip the line.

Please mention you are with McKinley Elementary!

Year at a Glance

  • 1st Tuesday of most months - PTC Meeting 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
  • 2nd Tuesday of most months - Take Out Tuesday - fundraisers at local restaurants
  • October 7th - Fun Run
  • October 12th - Willamette Valley Pie Fundraiser
  • November 28- Dec 2 Usborne Book Fair
  • December thru February OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books)
  • February 27-March 3 - Read-A-Thon
  • April - Scholastic Book Fair
  • June 2 - School Carnival


PTC officers: Lea Hinchcliff, Beth Gallini, Thomas Wells and Raina Wickstrom

Questions? Contact the PTC exec team at ptcmckinley@gmail.com.

RAINY DAY RECESS

Please send your child to school with a hooded jacket or coat on days when there may be light rain. Whenever possible we will recess outdoors this year to maintain a safe distance between students of other classrooms. When the weather is severe we will move classrooms into various areas of the building for indoor play.

Tips for staying healthy this winter season

This winter, the whole Salem-Keizer community can work together to keep our schools, students and community safe and healthy.

Remember to follow some simple precautions to prevent illness:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid the sharing of cups and utensils.
  • Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and keep your hands away from your or your child’s face.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and electronic devices.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor settings, especially if you or someone in your home is at high risk for severe disease.
  • CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine annually.
Find more information and the full article on the SKSD website.

DEADLINE FOR REQUIRED SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION: FEB 15, 2023

If your child is not up-to-date on required 2022-23 school immunizations for the State of Oregon or does not have a valid exemption on file, now is the time to schedule immunizations with your childcare provider. For more information check the website here: exclusion day 2023

UNDEFEATED McKAY BOYS SOCCER TEAM WINS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

The McKay High School boys soccer team enjoyed a warm send-off by community members and first responders as they embarked for the State Championship playoffs held Saturday, November 12 at Hillsboro Stadium.

GUIDE TO GRADUATION BY GRADES

Staying engaged in your child’s education is critical. For many students, having their parents be active members in their education can help keep them on track to graduate.


Parent's Guide to Graduation

ALL STUDENTS GRADUATE PREPARED

In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raised the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests.


2022-2023 ANNUAL NOTICE FOR STATEWIDE TESTS

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SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH

Earlier this year, Superintendent Christy Perry announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2022-23 school year. The Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Directors have since begun the process of selecting the next leader for the state’s second-largest school district.


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Elks Club Free Hoop Shoot Contest

Lodge 0336 Free Hoop Shoot Contest

Date: 12/10/2022
Type of Event: Hoop Shoot
Lodge Number: 336
Location: Salem Academy 942 Lancaster Drive NE Salem, OR
Description: We are going to be in the elementary gym, which is right next to the main gym. The elementary gym is the newer building, set to the east of the main gym.

Contact: Blake Whitson
Contact Phone: 541-570-9262
Contact Email: Blake.ORNCElks@gmail.com

Times:
9:30 AM registration and warm up
10:00 8-9 year olds shoots
10:45 10-11 year olds shoot
11:30 12-13 year olds shoot

Students will shoot in the age group based on their age as April 1, 2023.
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2022-23 Meal Prices: Free!

Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

Lunch Menus Food Services will not be printing lunch menus to send to the schools. They will post on each schools website, as well on the District website. They are having a hard time getting anything on a consistent basis and cannot depend on suppliers to have what is needed. The food chain/Supply and Demand is ever flexing.


Click here to visit the Food Service Website

2022-23 DISTRICT CALENDAR - click the calendar to go to the website for details

School Hours

EVERY Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

7:30 Breakfast available in cafeteria (free to all students)

7:35 Doors Open for all students

7:50 School Starts- tardy bell rings

2:20 School Ends


EVERY Wednesday

8:30 Breakfast available in cafeteria (free to all students)

8:35 Doors Open for all students

8:50 School Starts- tardy bell rings

2:20 School Ends


Arrival and Dismissal doors will be the front courtyard and back breezeway doors for grades 1-5 and Kindergarten in the garden area.

HOW DO I STAY CONNECTED?

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School hours: 7:50AM - 2:20PM (M,T,Th,F) 8:50AM - 2:20PM (Weds Only)

Doors open at 7:35AM

Principal Michelle Nelson

Office 7:30AM-3:50PM

Address: 466 McGilchrist St SE Salem OR 97302

Phone: 503-399-3167